DC15-JustFuschiasFilm maker John Howden scored a double first in the documentary competition. (24 November) John gained joint first place with his two entries – “Just Fuchsias” and “Judy’s Tale” - scoring top marks in both the external judges’ and the club members’ voting.

It was a close run event, however, with John Jones snapping at his heels with “The 2015 Big Garden Birdwatch” only one point behind; and in third place Brian Salmons’ “The Legend”, one point behind John Jones.

Commenting on his success, John said: “Bill Wye, the fuchsia hybridiser, is an unassuming grower of plants, a ballroom dancer and an enthusiastic family man. The main stage for his plant work is a small greenhouse in a rather scruffy garden on an estate in the village of Writtle.

But with the aid of a tripod and camera (Sony HXR-NX3) squeezed into a corner and a radio lapel mic we managed to capture his meticulous culling of the seeds for the start of developing an award winning fuchsia.

I also used a Panasonic HC-X920 camera hand-held especially in the sequences in the flower shows. Post production in the pruning sequence I used time lapse (applied on the time line) to truncate what was actually 10-15 minutes of filming.

DC15-JudysTaleJudy’s Tale, however, came about by sheer chance. Along with thousands of others, I had gone to the London Olympic Games and taken quite a bit of film. When I got home I wondered what I was going to do with the material.

There it rested for a couple of years until a lady, called Judy, moved into our village and started to attend our church. I learnt that she had been a Games Maker.

Bingo! The green light came on and I sensed a possible film. She was willing, with a little persuasion, and we arranged a date to do an interview.

It turned out that she was at the Volley Ball arena on Horse Guards Parade. My film material was all at the Olympic Park in Stratford. But with some stills and linking commentary the story was told.

The main camera used was the Panasonic HC-X920, mostly hand-held. I did no colour balance for either film and, as always, the main problem was in sound balance.”

CFMC’s new season got off to a flying start with veteran film maker Bernard Polley’s well researched film, The Stour Valley Painters, winning the Open competition (29 September).

Runner up in the competition, which attracted five entries, was Chobe, an African adventure, by Bryan Littlewood, and third was Spirit of Thailand by Brian Salmons.

This season’s Five Minute competition had a dual theme – transport and temptation. Film maker John Howden combined elements of both to produce the winning entry, Tempted.

Runner up was Bernard Polley’s East Anglian Transport Museum, and third was Temple Falls by Brian Salmons. The competition attracted six entries and was judged by members. (20 October)

SignalsIf you love getting behind a camera and want to learn more about animation contact Colchester-based media arts centre Signals, who are looking for the next generation of young film makers.

If you are nine to 19 and passionate about film, why not join their Youth Film Club. You will have the chance to experience all the excitement and fun of a film shoot, gain new skills in script writing, directing, sound recording, editing and animation.

The Youth Film Club is your chance to meet experts who will pass on their understanding of film, such as the principles of storytelling, film language, and video production and animation, providing you with the basic skills you will need to make your own films.

While at the Youth Film Club you will have the chance to be trained on high quality cameras and sound equipment as well as learning how to use professional editing software. As a Youth Film Club participant you will be able to decide what film projects you want to work on.

Youth Film Club meets every Monday evening: there are two age groups: nine to 13 year olds from 4pm to 5pm (£2.50); and 14 to 19 year olds from 5pm – 7pm, (£3.50). To sign up and for more information contact our education team on: 01206 560 255.